Defense Against Crime

06/12/2017

Is your Airbnb room watching you?


Have you ever seen one of those Lifetime or other movies where a couple rents a room thfrom a seemingly nice person, and then things get weird?  The couple finds out that they are being watched by hidden cameras?

Have you ever seen one of those Lifetime or other movies where a couple rents a room from a seemingly nice person, and then things get weird?  The couple finds out that they are being watched by hidden cameras?

Life does imitate art.

• Airbnb has apologized after one of their guests found a hidden camera in a rental home, which was apparently disguised as a motion detector.
• Florida man was arrested and charged with voyeurism after his Airbnb tenants discovered a hidden camera above the bed hidden in a smoke detector. 
• A few years ago, German woman sued Airbnb, for negligence after she discovered a secret cam inside a California residence.
While we believe these events are rare to Airbnb rentals, the fact is there are creeps out there that have more on their minds than providing you’re a nice affordable rental.  So how do you know if you are being watched or even recorded?

Here are a few things you can do to spot a hidden camera.

  • First, inspect the room – examine the room and see if there are any tiny cameras around. It only takes a pinhole camera to see into a room, so look for a small hole on objects or in the wall. Take a look at some of the devices we sell so that you can get a clue how a camera can hide in clocks, picture frames, electrical outlets, motion detectors, smoke detectors,  etc.
  • Use a light – If you shut off the lights in the bedroom and bathroom, use the light on your smartphone or a penlight to scan devices, walls, mirrors, phones, etc. You may be able to spot the reflection from a hidden camera lens.  Take your time doing this and look at multiple angles. If you see a light in a place where there should be like a flowerpot you may have found a camera. Use a phone app, hidden camera detector You can download free or inexpensive hidden camera phone apps from the iStore or Google play store and purchase inexpensive bug and hidden camera detectors detect signals.
  • If you suspect that you are being spied on, and need proof, we have a solution. With this light-weight and easy to use Full Range Camera and Bug Detector you will be able to find all types of hidden cameras and other devices (wired and wireless) BugDetector_CC308-Package

using the latest laser frequency visual detection methods.

Other Resources

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

 

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27/08/2017

You’ve been hit by A smooth criminal


As he came into the window
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He came into her apartment
He left the bloodstains on the carpet
She ran underneath the table
He could see she was unable
So she ran into the bedroom
She was struck down, it was her doom

Or so the famous Michael Jackson song goes….

Many criminals are smart and crafty as the following examples will show you.

I used to tell ladies that if they went to have their cars services, to never give their whole set of keys to the mechanic. It would be easy for a dishonest one to make a copy of your house keys, and since they probably have your address and phone number on record. They can call you to see if you are home, or sit and wait to see you leave, and then have access to your house.  You may have heard this advice as well.

(You’ve been struck by A smooth criminal)

LONG TERM PARKING:

A citizen left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people’s home in Pebble Beach and robbed it.

TIP: if you are going to leave the car in long-term parking, you should NOT leave the any documentation that will indicate where you live, or any other valuables. Also, never leave your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

GPS:

A Sports fan had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard for anyone to see. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

(You’ve been struck by A smooth criminal)

Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.  How many times do we have to tell you not to leave valuables in your car, and just think how valuable a home alarm system would have been.

CELL PHONES:

This young lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her unlocked cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone (they still have these?) telling him what had happened, hubby says, “I received your text asking about our Pin number and I’ve replied a little while ago.” When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text “hubby” in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

(You’ve been struck by A smooth criminal)

Moral of the lesson:

  1. Most many modern cell phones have many means to secure your phone, use them.
  2. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.
  3. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
  4. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet “family and friends” who text you.

 

PURSE IN THE GROCERY CART SCAM:

A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children’s seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf… wait till you read the WHOLE story! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from the Store Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.

(You’ve been struck by A smooth criminal)

 

Many criminals are highly intelligent and know how to seize opportunities given to them. All you can do it do everything in your power not to make it easy for them.

  1. Don’t display your valuables in your car.
  2. Use car and home alarms.
  3. Trust but verify, don’t trust text and e-mails without voice confirmation.

 
PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

30/07/2017

Crime Do Happen On and Around Campus


According to RAINN.org Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault,

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Before your leave her at college, prepare her to survive

some of these are college age females like your daughter.

One in five female undergraduates have experienced some kind of sexual assault while in college, according to a new study of students at nine institutions by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  These numbers have been floating around for decades. Politicians will argue over them, the victims don’t. Under the Clery Act and Title IX schools must report all known criminal activity on their campus. I wonder how many students and parent even bother to look past the pretty ivy to see what the criminal culture is on and around campus.  They are available on the college web site. Be honest did you look?

Just as crimes do happen in and around your subdivision, crimes do happen in and around college campuses. You can actually do an internet search to confirm this.

You should take an active role in increasing your safety or the safety of those you care about. While there’s no way to completely eliminate the chance that something may happen, there are strategies that may reduce your risk or give you the confidence to step in to prevent a sexual assault or other crimes.

Now on the positive site, many campuses put in various systems and educational programs that can help your young adult reduce their chances on being a sexual assault victim.  The have free rides, campus escorts to walk students back to their dorms, self-defense classes like RAD and many more. But these programs are worthless if the student decides to be stupid.

Some  of the campus police officers I spoke to at the College of Charleston and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  said the biggest factor in sexual assaults is alcohol.  Once these young adult leave home they want to try new things often  in unsafe environments. This is when things can go bad. There was an incident that happened off campus that involved drugs and a young woman being gang raped. If you search this blog you can see similar campus crime stories that we posted. If you search the internet, you can see a lot more.

Just last week  in South Carolina, a college female was abducted and managed to escape her abductors.  However, it is not only females that are victims, four USC male college students who were moving into their apartments were robbed at gun point, forced to give up their wallets and cell phones and taken to an ATM and forced to withdraw cash, assaulted and dumped on a highway.

The point of all that I have written above is to make you aware that crime happens on and off college campuses and it’s up to your young person to arm themselves with the knowledge and tools that will reduce their chances of being part of a campus crime statistic.

I have made a point to write college safety tips in this blog and I will link to some of them below.

Here are some basic ones.

  • Trust your instincts, if it does not feel right…leave
  • Always beware of your surroundings don’t walk and text, and try to avoid dark places or areas you’re not familiar with.
  • If possible try not to be alone. Most criminals seek out single victims.
  • If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place you should plan an escape route in case something does happen. Know where the exits are or places you can hide
  • If you feel you have an opportunity to escape, take it, or be thinking about ways you can get away.
  • Self-Defense knowledge and Self-Defense products can make all the difference.
  • Each situation is different, and this is where knowledge, and training can increase your chances. When you go out, think about what could happen and how you can get away.

RESOURCES

Facts about Alcohol and College Sexual Assaults – https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/facts-about-alcohol-and-college-sexual-assaults/

Sexual Assaults do happen to College Girls

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/sexual-assaults-do-happen-to-college-girls/

Enroll in RAD and Become Safer

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/enroll-in-rad-and-become-safer/

College Safety Tips

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/college-safety-tips/

Safety Apps

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/a-cool-app-that-can-save-your-life/

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

29/06/2017

When Dogs Attack!


Let’s me start by saying I am a dog person. I’ve had by current dog for almost a decade, and we travel together a lot.  Not only that, but my spoiled pooch is a person dog. This means she likes people. Don’t get it wrongs she a great watch dog, she instantly alerts us if someone comes into our yard.

None the less there are at least 4.5 – 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year hqdefaultand, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 to 30 of these dog attacks result in death.

I know that on several occasions I’ve encountered not only stray dogs, but dogs that have escaped their owners. If a strange barking dog came at you what would you do? Are your ready to defend yourself from a dog attack?

Think about this! Bite bites can lead to serious infections such as tetanus and rabies, disability, and deformity. You can reduce your chances of this buy having the right tools and knowing how to use them.

One of the tools that I encourage people who like to go for walks or bike rides to carry is Pepper Spray. You may ask –“Is pepper spray effective against a malicious dog”?   If a mean dog attacks you, spraying it with dog repellants pepper spray  in its face will cause the dog temporary blindness, shortness of breath and a burning sensation until its effect wears off. The dog has no other option but to retreat; allowing you the opportunity to get away. If you jog, take walks or ride your bike, then you should carry dog repellent pepper spray with you. Pepper Spray is legal, lightweight, easily accessible, and will provide fast protection when you need it most.

Important People vs Attack Dog Safety Tips

If a Dog Runs After You When Jogging

I know this sounds bizarre, but running excites dogs. Remember my nice dog. If I’m riding and she has her head out the window. She will actually bark at runners.  What you should do when encountering a dog when running is stop running. The first thing, is Don’t Panic. Remember many animals “sense fear”. Say confident and slowly and steadily move away without making and aggressive moves. With any luck, you can safely walk out of the dog’s roving range. Should the dog attempt to attack you, use your pepper spray.

What if I don’t want to pepper spray a dog?

Are there ways to avoid using pepper spray on an attacking dog? OK, so you don’t want to cause psychological harm to a dog. First, when possible never approach an unfamiliar dog. You don’t know the dogs history. There are rescue dogs that have issues. There are dogs that don’t like certain types of people. You may be the type of person the dog fears.  Like rattlesnakes, some dogs warn you not to come near them. The may growl or their hair may stand up on their back.  First, you should never run from a dog and scream.  Second, avoid direct eye contact with a dog. The dog may view this act as a challenge. Next, never disturb any dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. If you are attacked and you don’t have pepper spray or don’t want to “feed” the dog something else–your jacket, bike, purse, books – to distract it.

Another technique is to remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog (but have your dog pepper spray in your hand). Do not run when confronted with a threatening dog. Running only stimulates the dog to increase its aggression. Hold your ground and demonstrate moderate dominance by telling the dog firmly to go home. This usually works wonders. Firmly saying “no” and “sit” may also work. You might try: “Go away,” “Go home” or “Nice dog”.

What to do If You’re Knocked Down by an Aggressive Dog

If an aggressive dog happens to knocks me down before you a chance to get to your pepper spray you should curl into a ball, ticking your knees in and use your hand to protect sensitive areas like your head and neck. If you get a change to make a strong kick. Do so. You can also use a commanding voice to tell the dog to “Stop”.   Resist the urge to scream or roll away. A moving target may encourage the dog.

Remember people have been killed by dog attacks, so do what you need to do to stay alive. Remember when it’s you or them. Choose you.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

 

15/05/2017

Ransomware Attack!


If you have not watched the news, or just haven’t paid attention, there is a worldwide ransom-ware attack that began last week and may continue this week. The New York Times has an active map showing where all the attacks have been happening. You can google it or see this link  (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/12/world/europe/wannacry-ransomware-map.html?_r=0)

If you want to keep up to date on the latest on this event, just watch the news or do an internet search on the topic.

If you want to know more about Ransom-ware we have written about this before. You can open these previous posts.

Victims of ransomware usually receive an e-mail or some other type of electronic message that asks them to download or run software. Some of these e-mails may appear as if they were coming from someone you know, or can even come from a software hack (like a cracked version of some game or popular software).  When you run the software and it appears that NOTHING is happening, .. something is.WannaCrypt

The software will encrypt your hard drive, or encrypt part of your hard drive so that your computer is still operable and you can continue to use it, but you cannot access all your personal files. This includes all personal documents, images, music files.

If you are the victim of a ransomware attack you’ll open your computer and instead of your normal files you’ll see a pop-up appear that says, ‘Surprise, we’ve taken control of your computer and if you want access to your files you need to pay us.'”

 Here are some things you can do to prevent being a victim.

  1. Please update your computer security software as soon as releases are available. It’s best to set it to auto update.
  2.  Please run all software and OS patches. Again please set it to auto update.
  3. If you value your files back up your computer on an external drive on regular intervals. You may want invest in a cloud backup service. You can search for and review them.
  4.  Finally, just be very vigilant you need to constantly look out for emails that seem suspicious, and you need to err on the side of not downloading random files. Delete them. We often receive random invoices, and reports that seemingly credible companies send us. Like Bank of America, or UPS. Sometime I get invitations to download a file from a cousin.  If you know the e-mail is fake, delete it.  You can always verify before opening any attachment that your cousin actually did send the files

We are dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime. If you want to take personal responsibility for self-protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. Victor Swindell, Onyx Knight Enterprises

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